>Embed SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services Reports in your .NET applications using the ReportViewer control in Visual Studio 2005

>Picture this – you work with a team, you’re in charge of creating the front-end for your .NET applications and you need to have access to SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services reports that have already been developed and currently being used. What would you do? You don’t want to recreate those reports, do you? Neither would you want to simlpy create a link from your application to those reports as this might look unprofessional. Well, Microsoft just has the solution to your need. The Microsoft Report Viewer Redistributable 2005 is a freely redistributable control that enables you to embed SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services reports in your .NET 2.0 applications. Whether you are creating ASP.NET or Windows Forms, it’s easy to simply drag and drop a control that lets you access an already existing report. This gives you the full capabilities of SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services (well, you are calling it using the tool in the first place) like exporting to PDF, Excel, pictures, etc. You will see this being used by other Microsoft applications like Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) v3.0 where it requires you to have the Report Viewer 2005 Redistributable during deployment. Check out this site for more information on the ReportViewer control

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